Make the most of student life in Malta
Zainab, first-year student at Queen Mary, Malta Campus, has only lived here for a year but already knows Gozo better than most. Having organised student soirees all over the island she knows which locations have the best views and where to go to sample the very best of student life in Malta. Here she reveals her top five destinations on the islands and explains why you shouldn’t miss them.
1 St John’s Co-cathedral in Valletta
‘This impressive Roman Catholic cathedral dates back to the 16th century and is the perfect place to learn about the history of Valletta and Malta. I had a look around before joining the university and it left a big impression on me.’
Travel tip: Visit the official website or book a private guided tour after hours by speaking to Official Travel Agents at the Co-cathedral.
2 Xlendi Bay, Gozo
‘There’s no better place to watch the sun dip behind the horizon than Xlendi Bay on the west coast of Gozo. Most of it is rocky rather than sandy, giving it a wild, mysterious feel but the water is crystal clear. It’s a beautiful location and great for meeting friends and going for walks along the cliffs.’
Travel tip: Found on Gozo’s southwest coast, Ix-Xlendi can be reached by car or via il-Fontana or il-Munxar.
3 Three Cities boat trip from Valletta
‘The fortresses in Vittoriosa, Senglea and Cospicua provided homes to settlers back to the Knights of St John, and more recently have provided backdrops for films including Gladiator and The Da Vinci Code. You’ll learn a lot about Malta’s history on this lovely boat trip.’
Travel tip: Search TripAdvisor for a reputable provider.
4 Ramla Bay, Gozo
‘A beautiful beach with great coastal walks – the perfect spot to chill and enjoy a barbecue with friends at the weekend. You can rent sun loungers and umbrellas (€5 each). And there’s an ice cream van where you can buy a beer alongside a cone.’
Travel tip: Ramla Bay can be reached via the 302 or 322 bus or by a ride-sharing business like Bolt.
5 Carnival Weekend in Nadur
‘This festival experience is a must. There are parades of colourful floats, an open-air DJ and various competitions – anything goes! Students, staff and locals all mix together and there’s a real buzz throughout the whole of the carnival.’
Travel tip: Carnival weekend lasts not a weekend but a whole week – so make sure to prepare a mask that lasts.